Sares is on a record-setting roll

CONWAY — North Conway resident Ted Sares won in his age class at the Hayward Memorial event in Fairhaven, Vt., on Sept. 10. In so doing; he broke his own national (EPF) squat record despite lifting through the pain of nagging wrist injuries.

Ted the Bull, as he is known in both the boxing and powerlifting worlds, also was selected as the featured lifter in the Elite Powerlifting Federation Quarterly bulletin, where it was pointed out that the he currently holds all EP records for N.H., Vt., and R.I. in the Grand Master Class (75-79), and also the strict curling record for Mass.

On Oct. 29, Ted traveled to Heavy Metal Gym in Gilford to compete in the aptly named "Beasts of the East" Tournament, and kept his winning streak alive by capturing the Grand Master first place medal, again breaking his own tri-state record in the squat.

Ted described this meet as being, "a particularly rousing blood and guts affair." He said it included a large and engaged crowd, fierce competition, huge lifts, scary falls, some injuries, plenty of courage, tenacity and tremendous all-around camaraderie.

Topping the action was an incredible 950-pound squat by Moultonborough's Josh Cahoon and a 700-pound deadlift by Mark Smart. Gilford's Jeremy Cardinal added a remarkable 525-pound bench press— remarkable because he had suffered an injury to his left hand in a previous attempt.

Regarding the falls and injuries, the 79-year-old Ted pointed to the words of playwright Edward Albee: "If you have no wounds, how can you know when you're alive?"

Unless something more compelling emerges sooner, Team Sares-Williams plan to enter the EPF Nationals in Johnson, R.I. early next year and have their sights set on winning a fourth consecutive championship.

 

Catching up with Sean Doherty on his summer training

By Paul Kirsch

CONWAY — So what exactly does a biathlete do to train in the summer? For many sports, it's the cold, dark winter months when hard training is done to reap benefits for the spring and summer. For a winter sport athlete like Center Conway's Sean Doherty, the cold, dark winter months are his season.

The youngest U.S. biathlete athlete chatted about his offseason during a recent interview

So tell us about your "off season". When I say 'off season,' I really mean, tell us about your summer. I think for a lot of us we know that your training doesn't stop when the snow is gone but can you break down kind of a typical week of training when there isn't snow?

"Good question! 'Off season' is a misnomer when it comes to biathlon. Technically we are not skiing on snow but in the summer we spend many more hours per week training than we do in the competition season. So, for example last week was a pretty hefty one and here is the breakdown to put it simply:

Monday: morning — sub race pace intensity for one hour; two hours skate total. Afternoon — jog and strength train for 90 minutes.

Tuesday: morning — shooting combo, 4 hours of roller skiing. Afternoon off.

Wednesday: morning — three and a half hours of free choice workout. Afternoon — shooting only.

Thursday: morning — 40 minutes race pace combo with shooting drills, two hours total. Afternoon —
run, plyos and core for one hour, 45 mintues.

Friday — morning — combo of two and a half hours of skate training. Afternoon — jog and strength training.

Saturday — morning — three hours of free choice training.

Sunday — off.

"This is a fairly typical week for me. I hope you can understand the reason I say "off season" is not quite the right phrase. The fun thing is that we get to do quite a bit of cross training. A lot of hiking, running and cycling make their way into the weekly workouts which really helps keep the variety interesting. So the summers are full of hard work but also a lot of fun!

Did you do any traveling during the summer outside of Lake Placid?

"I did a fairly lengthy camp in Europe this summer.

"We did some races at the Blink festival in Norway which was a lot of fun. They set up a small roller ski track and a shooting range in this town and we have these very fun little short races in the evenings. It was my first time there and I can't wait to go back.

"Then we got back to a more training focus in Sweden for a bit and in northern Italy for a week. It's is a beautiful place to train. After that was three weeks in Germany at the World Cup venues in Oberhof and Ruhpolding. It was a long time to be away but a lot of fun and it really broke up the summer."

Did you do any races?

"We don't do a lot of summer competition. We race so much in the Winter that the summer is focused mostly on preparation. Other than the Blink festival we do a few time trials and some smaller roller ski competitions. That keeps us hungry to race all winter long."

When do you get back on snow?

"We will get on snow by the end of October at our pre season camp in Canmore, Canada."

When is your first race on snow?

"We have a couple of pre season races planned for the beginning of November to help us get sharp for the opening World Cup on Nov. 25, in Östersund, Sweden."

Can you describe a little what the snow tunnels and indoor arenas in Europe are like? How does the snow compare to regular snow, is it pretty much the same?

"These are really cool facilities (pun intended). It is essentially a gigantic refrigerated building with a ski trail through it. It is man-made snow but we are on real skis. It is a lot of fun although it can get a bit tedious skiing for long amounts of time indoors. We do a lot of work on our skiing technique and testing race skis for the coming season."

What are your thoughts on the upcoming World Cup 2017 season — are there any specific events you are focused on?

"I am really looking forward to the race season. We still have a few weeks of hard work before the season starts but we have a really strong team and we are all getting excited for the season to start. The main focus is on the World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria. But we are also going to Korea to race at the Olympic Venue and see what that is like. It's a long season with a lot of travel but i am really looking forward to all the racing."

The interview with Sean was done by email by Paul Kirsch, who helps Sean maintain his website. During the winter months, Paul can be found on his couch every Saturday and Sunday mornings live-streaming Biathlon World Cup events cheering on Sean.

 

Tarberry inducted as Wearer of the Green

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — Ace Tarberry was inducted into the prestigious Wearers of the Green, which is essentially Dartmouth College's athletic hall of fame, during a ceremony on the campus in Hanover on Oct. 29.

Tarberry, a 2011 graduate of Dartmouth, was one of 16 Big Green members honored. He is the son of Joy Tarbell and Joe Berry, who both attended the ceremony along with David Gregory, his former coach on the MWV Ski Team.

"'Wearers' was created in 1984 to honor students, alumni and coaches who have met specific criteria for athletic excellence in their respective sports, including Olympians, All-Americans, national champions, major league professionals and other exceptional forms of recognition," the Wearers of the Green website states. "More than 1,200 members have been inducted over the last three decades.

"Until 2009, new members were inducted every five years at a dinner in Boston," the site continues. "Beginning in 2014, new members are inducted annually during Homecoming weekend in Hanover. The honorees are featured in the Dartmouth Night parade, are recognized on the steps of Dartmouth Hall before the bonfire, are honored on the field at half-time of the Homecoming football game, and are formally inducted at a reception following the game."

According to the website, qualified students and alumni are eligible for induction five years after their class has graduated, while qualified coaches are eligible for induction after they leave the college. Varsity sport qualifiers are inducted in even-numbered years (beginning in 2014), while qualifiers in club sports, masters, and other sports are honored in odd-numbered years (beginning in 2015).

Also inducted were baseball player Nicholas Santomauro, Class of 2010; in basketball, Britney Smith, Class of '11; in cross-country running and track, Harry Norton, '08; in field hockey, Virginia Peisch, '11; in football, Merwin "Swede" Swenson, '23, and Charles Bay, '11; in lacrosse, Ari Sussman, '10, Colleen Olsen, '10, Kathleen Collins, '11, and Shannon MacKenzie, '11; rowing, Alexandra Stein, '06; Emily Dreissigacker, '11; sailing, Rebecca Dellenbaugh, '10; skiing, Nils Koons, '11, and Tarberrry, '11; tennis, Molly Scott, '11; honorary wearers, Fredric Corrigan, '64; and John Lundgren, '73.

Tarberry took part in all of the festivities for the Wearers of the Green, which kicked off with a parade on Oct. 27 followed by a Dartmouth Night celebration.

On Oct. 28, all of the inductees gathered for a meeting with Martha Beatie, vice president for alumni relations, and Harry Sheehy, director of athletics and recreation. The group then attended a VIP reception and was recognized at halftime of the football game against Harvard.

That evening the inductees were enshrined and received their Wearers of the Green pins.

"Ace, Class of 2011," Sheehy, the master of ceremony for the evening, said, during the induction ceremony. "Ace came to Dartmouth from North Conway, where he attended Kennett High School. In three years competing for Dartmouth, Ace skied to 11 top 5 finishes in slalom or giant slalom, including three victories as a junior. Ace qualified as a Wearer (of the Green) when he was named two-time All-American as fifth in 2010, finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships in slalom and second in the giant slalom. He then enhances his Wearers credentials when he skied to the U.S. Ski Team in 2011 and 2012, ranking in the world's top 100 in giant slalom and Super G.

"Ace worked for several years in real estate development and the last two years he has been a deckhand, mate and first-mate on a private sailing outfit and his home port is Boston. Please join me in recognizing Ace as a Wearer of the Green."

 

Shaw takes over the point lead with one race left

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — With just one race left in the season, Andy Shaw has taken over the point lead in the PASS Modified division.

The Center Conway resident won his second straight race and the his first of his career at White Mountain Speedway in North Woodstock on Saturday. The win gave Shaw, who is looking for his sixth tour championship, a four-point lead over Dixfield, Maine's Ryan Robbins.

"I'd been second a pile of times at White Mountain, but this was my first time winning over there," Shaw said.

Shaw currently has 1,184 points and sits in first place ahead of Dixfield, Maine's Ryan Robbins, who has 1,180 points.

For the season, Shaw is 12 for 12 in Top 10 finishes with 10 Top 5 results along with five victories.

On Saturday, Shaw took the checkered flag followed by Ben Tinker of New Gloucester, Maine, who was second; Bruce Helmuth of Wales, Maine, finished third; and Robbins was fourth for the second week in a row.

The No. 0 car was tough to catch. In the 30-lap race on Saturday, Shaw started in the rear of the field, but was able to work his way to first rather quickly.

"It was pretty awesome," Shaw said by phone on Monday. "It wasn't all that big a field of cars, but I started last. The car ran great. We clicked on something at Beech Ridge the week before."

Shaw took the lead on lap 10 and sped away from the field, winning easily.

"The car held the track perfectly," he said.

Shaw was without the services of crew chief Phil Butterfield and crew member Danny Nash, who were unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

"We added the race to our schedule a week and a half beforehand," Shaw said. "My old crew chief, Tony Mason, from Vermont, came over to help out. He was my crew chief for my first four championships. We also had Robbie LaRose's nephew, Jacob, help us out in the pits."

Sumner and Janet Sessions own the Sessions No. 0 car.

The tour is back in Maine at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford on Oct. 15, with the green flag scheduled to drop at 2 p.m.

Shaw said he feels good going into the season-finale with the lead.

"I know what I have to do to stay in front (of the standings)," he said. "I'm feeling pretty good. The car is running so great. If we can maintain that momentum we should do well on the 15th."